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Neofeud

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Hi everyone! Neofeud 2 is the sequel to Neofeud: a Dystopic Cyberpunk adventure game in the vein of Blade Runner, but with an overlay of Game of Thrones-like political intrigue, and 1366x768, hand-painted, stylized visuals. The game is presently in the concept stage, but here is some teaser art:


You can check out the original game here: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

Thanks for stopping by!

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A sneak peak at some Neofeud 2 designs



It was a lot of fun painting the Earth (never done it before), I felt bad that I had to cover it up with space-stationey stuff!

If it isn't already apparent, I was binge-watching The Expanse simultaneously during creation of this artwork. Smiley

Big devlog update from the Neofeud Patreon site! https://www.patreon.com/posts/9738374


First off, thank you to all my Patrons who've helped bring Neofeud to fruition. The good news is, Neofeud is at least meeting my baseline expectations at this point in terms of commercial and critical success. Currently, I'm still hoping that Neofeud will get Greenlit soon, before Steam takes Greenlight down. If you haven't already, please check out the Neofeud Greenlight page and give it your vote! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=894789880

Neofeud hasn't yet broken into the "Quit my dayjob and focus on Silver Spook Games 100%" level, but it is at least moving off of shelves, and many folks have been generous and willing to pay more, sometimes *twice* the base price of the game to support us. If you haven't yet, you can still pick up the DRM-free version of Neofeud from the Itch.io store. As a thank you for picking the game up early (I realize most people want it on Steam), you get the soundtrack and the ebook-version of Neofeud free, and a Steam key, once Neofeud is released on Steam.

Itch.io store: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

In addition to swapping my gamedev-hat for the marketing cap / Neofeud evangelist for the past month, I've also had some tumultuous, but ultimately fruitful goings-on in terms of our big move to the Big Island of Hawaii. The wife and kids had been camping for a few weeks, and crashing with some rather fascinating characters, got stranded in a Burger King parking lot and an eternal-Burning Man commune... But we're now inside of an actual *house* house, with four walls and a roof! So in addition to supporting the development of Neofeud, thank you, patrons and purchasers of Neofeud for supporting a temporarily homeless homesteader family in getting started in this new land!

I have also entered the liminal phase of development, that is investigating potential projects. With the incredible amount of work it was, making Neofeud for the most part alone, I'm considering collaborating with others for future Silver Spook Games endeavors. There are a few possibilities on the table right now:

1.) Neofeud 2: I'm currently in the conceptual phase of this. I may bring on an artist and/or potentially a programmer.

2.) Collaborate with a writer to turn their story into an adventure game:I've been chumming the cyberspace waters, posting in forums, Facebook, etc. with the notion of taking a sci-fi / cyberpunk writer's story and making it into a game, which would be synergistic for both of us; I can offload the universe of narrative from my brain-space and the writer will get a visibility boost. One cool writer-group that have expressed some interest -- they are writers and also adventure-gamers -- is a circle called "Chaos Nova". They have some pretty interesting sci-fi writing as well, you can check them out here: http://www.chaosnova.co.uk/?page=samples

3.) Join a game development team as the writer:I met a guy who was a huge fan of both my earlier game, Terminus Machina ( http://www.moddb.com/mods/terminus-machina ) as well as Neofeud. He happened to be presently in development of a full-3D cyberpunk game similar to Deus Ex, which, as I've mentioned, is my favorite game of all time. :) He was interested in bringing me onto the team as a writer, which could be great as story is one of my favorite mediums of creativity.

Oh, also, the Facebook group I met the guy in? Bruce Bethke and John Shirley also apparently hang out there from time to time! Check out the Cyberpunk Writers Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/874654982584725/

Ultimately, I may do several of these projects simultaneously, depending on how the cards fall, schedules align, etc.. I am certainly excited to be back in the development saddle. I am not a master-marketeer by any means, but an indie must do one's best! :)

At any rate, I will be looking into new rewards for my gracious continued Patrons. If you would like something in particular -- like more behind-the-scenes material or a livestream or something of the sort -- do let me know.

Until then, here's another Neofeud 2 Concept art / Artist's rendition of our new house on the volcanic Big Island of Hawaii. (JK, we're not living on a barren lava flow, lol. Although we did visit one. ;) )

Want to know the $2 sound-proofed booth trick? How to gamdev while taking care of crazy toddlers? How to paint like H.R. Giger? Who is the Six Billion Dollar Baller!?!? Tune in this Saturday at 3 PM Eastern, when the Neofeud cast and yours truly will be doing a post-game hangout livestream!

Livestream link: https://www.youtube.com/user/twiliteminotaur/live

Neofeud site: https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

A post-release hangout with myself and a bunch of the voice actors and contributors who helped make Neofeud! In it we discuss the $2 voice-actor sound-proof booth, pursuing one's passions while having a family, the robot / automation revolution, post-scarcity economics and universal basic income, how we're already living in a dystopic Neofeudal society, Canadian whiskey vs. Hawaiian Guinness, living next to a giant lava-spewing volcano, and more!!!

The complete cast:
Brandon C. Hovey - http://brandonchovey.net/
Chris R. Smith - https://twitter.com/Johnyliltoe
Scott & Deb - https://twitter.com/minxilla
Christian Miller - http://silverspookgames.blogspot.com/


Check out the website: http://silverspookgames.blogspot.com/...

Get Neofeud now! https://silverspook.itch.io/neofeud

Help Neofeud get on Steam! http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles...

A big update on IndieDB!

Support Neofeud 2 development by picking up the Neofeud Short Story Collection for just $2.99!

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So I have just released the Neofeud Short Story Collection on Amazon! It contains several stories from the world of Neofeud and I hope to help support the production of Neofeud 2 with sales of the book.

In addition, here is a sneak peak at some of the new design material from the upcoming game:

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Today's art progress on the adventure game successor to Neofeud! Things just got a whole lot more H.R. Giger-esque.   I wasn't really feeling this city scene, until my subconscious vomitted up that somewhat Alien Covenant-like spacecraft / advanced alien building sitting way in the back there.  I call it, "The Anomaly", for now.  :)

You can watch the livestream of me working on this, here:

I think the only background that's ever taken me longer was the Neofeud Sky Palace.

Worth it, though, I think!

Neofeud is just $9.90 for the next week! If you've been considering picking it up, now would be a great time!

Here are some other recent reviews that have just come in on Neofeud:

A Diamond Of Storytelling In The Scrap Pile "When I play a game, I play to be compelled or immersed in some way. The game has to dig its claws in and drag me in. Walking away has to be difficult or that’s exactly what I’ll do. Neofeud grabbed me in just that way through its gripping mastery of storytelling, akin to how last I binged on episodes of Game of Thrones. Neofeud is a point-and-click game set in a sci-fi dystopia borne of the minds of every prominent science fiction writer from the past century, from H.R. Giger to Ridley Scott. The result is a disturbing yet strangly familiar dystopian society in which social inequality is systemic, the top one percent have their own one percent, and the birth of A.I has resulted in a massive population of unemployed sentient robots. Sound interesting? We're only just dipping our toes. Beginning by introducing the main character of the story, an ex-cop and currently social worker named Karl Carbon, the story of Neofeud quickly explodes into a story rife with psuedoscience and more twists than an M. Night Shamlyan movie. As a single conspiracy unfolds, others follow, creating a story layered so deep that by the halfway mark of Neofeud’s potential 15-hour game time I found myself questioning characters motives even more than the main character of the game itself. Past endless conspiracies and a spiraling story, the characters of Neofeud are developed so much more than characters in nearly any other game I’ve recently played. Karl and the cast that he interacts with are human to a tee. Interactions with them are immersive and real, a necessity when a majority of the game is dialogue."

http://www.spritesanddice.com/2017/09/review-neofeud

Neofeud is science fiction at it’s most raw and visceral. [...]
Neofeud is the debut game of native Hawaiian, Christian Miller. It’s an ambitious project, drawing on personal experience as a STEM teacher for underprivileged kids in Honolulu as well as a wide array of popular sci-fi films and books. The aesthetic is heavily skewed towards Blade Runner or The Fifth Element, while the story is reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and the film version of I, Robot.
Players take on the role of Karl Carbon, a police officer turned social worker. I was immediately hooked by this detail. I had expected to play a character akin to Decker in Blade Runner; a sort of rogue-cop with good intentions. There are definitely cop-like qualities about Carbon, but he’s a social worker through and through. And this makes for a compelling story, and some truly heartbreaking gameplay.
Drawing from personal experience, Miller has delivered us a story that is so much more than “humans vs. automations.” Carbon has cybernetic enhancements, but they’re obsolete and he can’t afford to replace them. He works with AIs and robotic entities that society has deemed “defective” and “unhireable.” He understands what it’s like to be cast aside and denied resources at every turn.

http://steamshovelers.cool/neofeud/

Neofeud takes place in a dystopian future where faulty sentient robots and failed human hybrids form the bottom layer of society, while neofeudal lords live carefree in luxurious floating cities. The extensive storyline is very political, but also full of action and really entertaining. This game is an impressive piece of work, since it’s quite excellent on many facets. [...] This spectacular and complex story will take at least 12 hours to play through, and the writing is excellent and enjoyable. The characters are fun, the setting is really interesting so you’ll want to learn more about it, and there’s always so much happening which makes you want to continue playing to see where the story will take you next.

http://3rd-strike.com/neofeud-review/

In addition, check out this awesome article on Silver Spook Games and Neofeud in Hawaii print publication Ka Wai Ola!

This article is actually included in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the biggest Hawaii newspaper, which is a pretty cool honor!

You can see the rest of the article here: https://twitter.com/SilvrSpookGames/status/918766258077581312

Want to see how I make these games? Come hang out! I livestream every Saturday around 4 PM EDT!